Behavior Therapy for Tics in Children with Tourette syndrome

Purpose

To determine the efficacy of behavior therapy for tics in children with Tourette syndrome or Chronic Tic Disorder.

Criteria for Participation

  • Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 12.
  • Have a Tourette syndrome or Chronic Tic Disorder diagnosis.
  • Be medication free or on a stable dose of medication.

Research Components

Behavior Therapy for Tics consists of 8 one-hour long treatment sessions scheduled over 10 weeks. During this treatment, children will learn to monitor their tics and will practice simple behavioral response that may make the tics less frequent or bothersome. For example, someone who has a leg movement tic may be asked to practice placing the feet flat on floor and pushing downward. This form of behavior therapy is also known as Habit Reversal Training (HRT).

Contacts

If you are interested in the project, please contact Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky at (203) 785-6446 or denis.sukhodolsky@yale.edu. We will describe the project in more detail and help you determine whether the program is fitting for you.